For the second time this month, a judge has struck down Colorado's ban on gay marriage.

Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper and Republican Attorney General John Suthers asked U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore to declare invalid the state's ban but delay implementation until the Supreme Court has ruled in a separate but similar case.

Moore, who on Tuesday said he was uncertain whether his ruling should be put on hold, decided to stay the ruling until Monday, August 25.

While Moore's decision can be appealed to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, the court has already upheld lower court decisions striking down similar bans in Utah and Oklahoma.

“The Court recognizes that the Tenth Circuit or the Supreme Court may choose to issue a stay in this matter,” Moore wrote. “And this Court will not foreclose Defendants from having a fair opportunity to seek such stay. Accordingly, as it pertains to the preliminary injunction, this Court will temporarily stay the preliminary injunction order until 8:00 a.m. on August 25, 2014, to permit Defendants time to seek a stay of the injunction from a higher court.”

Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, applauded the ruling.

“Judge Moore did the right thing today, faithfully upholding both the Constitution and Colorado values,” Wolfson said in a statement. “This is the second court decision in favor of the freedom to marry just in Colorado – and across the country, judge after judge, court after court, in state after state have all examined the evidence and sifted through the arguments and concluded that the denial of marriage to same-sex couples cannot stand. It's time for the state attorney general to stop spending taxpayer money to defend the indefensible and allow gay couples to wed now.”

Earlier this month, Adams County District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree said the state's ban violates the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

(Related: Judge declares Colorado's gay marriage ban unconstitutional.)